Is your pet’s food healthy?

Our pets are unlike us in that they eat the same thing day in and day out.  When you consider this fact, it seems quite apparent that the cat food or dog food that we are feeding out pets is either helping them live a long, healthy life or or making them very un-healthy.

Similar to many pet owners, we thought that giving our cats a certain premium brand of food was providing them with the healthiest choice.   After all, it was one of the highest priced pet foods on the market so it had to be the best, right?

Wrong!

The truth is, price is only one tiny indication of quality.  In fact, some of the healthiest pet food is extremely moderately priced.   To figure out if the food you’re feeding your pets is actually good for them, you have to understand which ingredients are nutritious and which ingredients are just ‘fillers’, or, as I refer to them – junk!

So go and get a bag of the pet food you’re currently giving to your pet and compare and contrast it with this list of what is good for your pet and what is not: 

  • Protein: the main source should come from high grade animal protein, not a vegetable or grain.  Are there animal by-products used in the formula? If so, they may be inferior sources of protein and difficult to digest.
  • Grains: grains such as soy, corn, corn gluten and wheat gluten may be difficult to digest and can also cause allergies.   Rice tends to be the most digestible, least allergy-inducing grain.
  • Fats: Animal, not vegetable, fats tend to be the simplest for your pets to metabolize and absorb.
  • Health-promoting ingredients: Vegetables, fiber, probiotics and minerals are all important ingredients that help keep your pet healthy and strong. Does your current brand of pet food contain any of them?

If your pet is experiencing any health issues – from energy loss and vitality, to respiratory issues, to joint aches and pains or any other symptoms – DO NOT discredit the possibility that it may be caused by his food.   Just like a modification to your diet can improve your health, so can a modification to your pet’s food! But please don’t take my word for it…do your own research, educate yourself and try out different brands (we use Life’s Abundance which has certainly  helped our pets look and feel great). 

The point is, your pet can’t go to the grocery or pet store to purchase  his own food…he counts on you! Allow your pet to live his or her best life by picking out the right food and you will both be so much richer for it!

 

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